ELECTION Politics

Alleged Campaign Financing: Court To Hear Suit Seeking To Disqualify Buhari, Atiku On May 7

The Federal High Court, Abuja has postponed the hearing of suits seeking disqualification of  President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar for alleged excess spending on campaigns,

Earlier, the Presidential Candidate of the National Rescue Movement, (NRM) Mr Usman Ibrahim-Alhaji, alleged that the president and Atiku spent over a billion naira each on the campaign, thereby dragging them to court.

Ibrahim-alhaji appealed to the court to invalidate the participation of the duo in the February 23 elections for violating the electoral act in Section 91(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010.

The plaintiff through his counsel, Mr Ezekiel Ofou alleged that the presidential candidates of APC and PDP were liable to be removed as contestants in the election.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Ofou informed the court that he had served the processes on Buhari and Atiku through substituted means as was ordered by the court on March 5.

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He, however, acknowledged that even though they were yet to respond, according to the law, had up till 30 days within which to respond.

Stating that Atiku and Buhari were yet to respond, he asked the court to adjourn the case to enable the defendants to file their responses. Adding that since they were served on May 22, they had until April 22 to respond.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, agreed with the counsel and adjourned the matter until May 7 for further mention.

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